Proust: ‘Through Art Alone’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
May 28th Part #100

THROUGH ART ALONE

“Through art alone are we able to emerge from ourselves, to know what another person sees of a universe which is not the same as our own and of which, without art, the landscapes would remain as unknown to us as those that may exist on the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.”

― Marcel Proust, In Search Of Lost Time, Vol 6: Time Regained and A Guide to Proust
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